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“The film ended back on the Hill with fluorescent bulbs crashing into a wheelie bin. It was a smashing end to a smashing film about nothing more than one couple’s marriage, and nothing less either” The Times

“After 40 years together the bickering pair were taking a kosher cruise around the Mediterranean in the company of film-maker Paddy Wivell who they treated as a sort of junior relative…Maybe it seemed like an unhappy partnership but the beauty of Paddy’s film was that by turns, as the boat moved round the coast, we realised how comfortable each of these people was with their chosen role in life.” The Express.

“Here is a couple you could go on a cruise with.” The Guardian

“Wivell’s very funny and often touching film was wise enough to accommodate the fact that a good marriage may not be a perfect one.” The Independent

“As Paddy Wivell, more a surrogate son than a film-maker, fought the urge to intervene when Gaby kicked up a ruckus at a creative towel-folding demonstration (‘I like to make awkward situations – that’s what I love,’ he chortled) this was a cruise with more than its fair share of choppy waters…Gaby and Tikwah drove each other crazy but they wouldn’t have been happy any other way. It was impossible to imagine them with anyone else: in its own way, that’s love.” Metro

“Touchingly intimate” The Daily Telegraph

“We were introduced to Tikwah and Gaby in an equally brilliant Wonderland documentary about Hassidic weddings. In this terrific follow-up film-maker Paddy Wivell accompanies the couple on a 12 day Kosher cruise…It’s a candid, humorous and ultimately tender portrait of marriage.” Hello Magazine

“Compelling and delightful viewing” Daily Express preview

“The charm of a good documentary is that it lets you into another world. Paddy Wivell’s Wonderland film, A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride, shown last year, featured a brief appearance from the wonderfully eccentric Gaby and his wife, Tikwah. they looked like a story waiting to be told – and luckily for us, Paddy Wivell thought so too…It’s an intimate and intensely touching portrait of a marriage.” Evening Standard


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“Granny’s Moving In was (Larkin’s) The Old Fools brought to life. Last night’s brilliant film – unforgettable in the way nightmares are – stood as a challenge to the young. After a lifetime spent busily ignoring the merest thought of it, will we be ready to face – in Larkin’s aghast phrase – the whole hideous inverted childhood?” The Daily Telegraph

“Paddy Wivell’s surprisingly sad, humane and thought-provoking documentary explores the pitfalls and unexpected travails of sharing your living space with an elderly relative” The Sunday Telegraph

“Wivell’s direction deftly blends poignancy and comedy, capturing Peggy’s infuriating and endearing sides equally well” The Sunday Times

“This funny-sad, honest, necessarily invasive film was Paddy Wivell’s second admirable Wonderland documentary in eight days” The Times review

“Inspiring and heartbreaking by turn, full of daft laughter and emotional cruelty, Granny’s Moving In was an affectionately honest account of learning to cope with one of life’s crueller twists. It’s a story being repeated up and down the land and the question that’s going begging is why don’t we have better ways of looking after ourselves when we get older?” Metro Review

“In tonight’s honest, worthwhile and immensely watchable film – the second by film-maker Paddy Wivell for the Wonderland strand in as many weeks – 83 year-old Peggy moves in with her daughter and son-in-law” The Times

“Over on BBC2, the Wonderland strand had another great project to add to it’s collection: Granny’s Moving In. It showed us how Peggy sees the world, as her brain -as her self- gradually melts around the edges…Accompanied by a bird-like cor anglais and a shifting, restless edit, we saw her dialling through kaleidoscopic fragments of who, over 80 years, she has been – a mother, proud Londoner, a young woman. You could see a ticker-tape parade of notions and memories assert themselves in no particular order – random instructions to be followed, all with equal passion.” Caitlin Moran, The Saturday Times

…Wivell ended (the film) with nicely weighted ambiguity too: “I couldn’t wish for a nicer daughter,” said Peggy, happily ensconced in her deluxe garden shed

Iiving room. But then you had a matched image of her looking out alone through the window and Sue and her husband behind their sliding doors, a family separated by what Larkin once called “sun-comprehending glass”. The Independent

“Peggy, seemingly sensing the loss of independence became less willing to cooperate while Sue and Phil found themselves increasingly parenting the parent…The point of Paddy Wivell’s film though wasn’t to show us the suffering involved but the true meaning of love.” Daily Express

“A difficult subject, handled with discretion” Time Out

Paddy Wivell’s tender film eavesdrops on the family as they all struggle to adapt to their new lives…The final scene, as she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will pierce your heart” Radio Times

“Paddy Wivell the film-maker behind the recent Two Jews On A Cruise, returns with an equally engaging documentary that shines a light on the demands of caring for Britain’s ageing population” Metro

“This touching account of a family trying to find the best way of caring for an elderly relation will resonate with anyone who has ever had to tackle that intractable problem…Paddy Wivell’s film negotiates with remarkable grace the tricky boundary between revelation and kindness.” Evening Standard


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Ian Brady, psychopath, sadist and child murderer, has been in captivity for nearly 50 years, but he is still a powerful and disturbing presence in the nation’s consciousness. This Cutting Edge film, which has unprecedented access to those closest to Brady, charts his ongoing attempts to influence and control those around him.

“Surely one of the best researched, revealing documentaries of the year” The Times

“Documentaries don’t often unearth stories that make front-page news, but that’s exactly what Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand managed to do” The Telegraph

“It’s rare for documentaries to make the headlines so all credit to the makers of Cutting Edge IAN BRADY: ENDGAMES OF A PSYCHOPATH” Daily Express

“What distinguishes this new film from director Paddy Wivell from the others is the penetrating insight it offers into the remorselessly sadistic nature of Brady’s psychopathy, and his ceaseless attempts to manipulate and control those around him” Sunday Telegraph


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“If one of TV’s functions is to offer a look into the lives of others, this should get a Bafta.” The Express

“Paddy Wivell’s direction had me on edge throughout. A starred, first class production. Exactly the sort of enthralling and provocative documentary that Channel 4 was set up to screen. Outrageous and anarchic, yet also intelligent with a delightful depravity reminiscent of Warhol’s film’s in the early 1970’s” Evening standard

“Paddy Wivell’s film is fascinating as much for what it depicts as what it doesn’t. There are none of the clichés about seedy rent boys and it is entirely non-judgemental. Intriguing and tantalisingly short.” Time Out.

“Wivell’s film is a very touching portait of a fragile intimacy.” The Glasgow Herald

“About as candid as it gets, really, short of placing cameras beneath a large glass coffee table.” The Guardian


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“What turned this slice of life into a deeply moving portrait of people’s inner lives as they struggled with their hopes and fears were director Paddy Wivell brilliant questions. Never trite he went straight to the heart of what made people tick. It was full of the joys and sadnesses familiar to us all. And it was a masterpiece .” The Daily Mail

“Paddy Wivell’s portrait of Clapham Common was about as perfect a London documentary as you are going to find.” Evening Standard

“A poignant picture of the spaces between people, and the human need for connection” The Guardian

“Paddy Wivell couldn’t direct a column of ants to a melting bar of chocolate.” The Sun


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“A deeply affecting documentary about a troubled girl trying to cope with the cruelty of the playground at a primary school in Hackney, East London. If that sounds entirely bleak, it isn’t. Beautifully shot, it is one of the most optimistic films about an inner-city school. It captures perfectly the shifting allegiances among children as they strive for friendship and belonging; it proves that no child should ever be treated as a lost cause, and it features a head teacher of immeasurable warmth and kindness.” The Times

“A documentary to make you give thanks and say “there but for the grace of God…” Devoid of hang-wringing or judgements, Paddy Wivell’s film shocks and saddens – but in the figure of Tricia it has a reassuring leavening of hope too.” Daily Telegragh

“The attempts we see in Boys & Girls to make an education out of Carla’s love and Jordan’s admiration must be invested before any measurable performance begins at all. Time, energy, emotion: are all spent on just trying to make these children capable of functioning. The teachers are social workers, psychoanalysts, nurses and surrogate parents. No wonder the fight to persuade more people to teach in their schools is one that needs every possible inducement.” Deborah Orr, The Independent

“An eye-opener to more affluent viewers.” The Independent

“The documentary’s strength lies in successfully persuading us to identify with Carla from a very early stage,,,a very touching documentary.” The Observer

“Anybody who still thinks that childhood is a time of blessed innocence and that little girls are made of sugar and spice should have watched Boys and Girls. The programme absorbingly charted dynamics of the playground much as David Attenborough maps the shifting relationships in a pack of monkeys.” Daily Express

“The film clearly reveals how just one person taking an active interest can make a huge difference.” Time Out.

“Terrific.” The Sunday Times


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“A thriller…Gruesome but impossible to ignore” Evening Standard

“Gripping and insightful. An extraordinary piece of work.” Front Row, BBC Radio 4

“Riveting” The Observer

“Jaw –droppingly compulsive” Independent on Sunday

“An insight into the life of two people at the centre of a media whirlwind.” The Daily Telegraph

“Compulsive… Surprisingly poignant” The Sunday Telegraph


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“Documentary-maker Paddy Wivell spent a year filming Campbeltown’s teen culture. His report outraged many, but has he simply exposed a painful truth about isolated communities?” The Observer


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“Another raw and intimate film by director Paddy Wivell” The Daily Telegraph

“Powerful” The Times

“Another absorbing story in this five-part series” The Daily Express

“Compelling” Evening Standard

“Tender, Thoughtful” The independent


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“It is shaped with loving care. If it were a sculpture it would be a Henry

Moore. If it were a steak it wouldn’t have an ounce of fat on it.

Each scene whizzes by and each character zings off the screen.” Radio Times

“Another winner, mixing an intriguing culinary project with a cheeky peek at Oliver’s own full-on lifestyle” Mail on Sunday


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“A surprisingly earnest Louis Theroux sniffed out all sorts of people, including bone-dry, slightly sinister South Africans in khaki shorts and beefy, blue collar Americans in search of a kudu head or zebra skin to adorn their walls. Louis should have had a field day with these types. But that doesn’t seem to be his bag these days. ?Instead, our presenter seemed genuinely concerned to know what made them tick. Rather than making fools of them, he took them to the point where they bared their souls.

Like his previous show, which took him around one of America’s toughest prisons, San Quentin, this one didn’t deliver what we’d expected, and was all the better for it.

…But there was also something more mysterious going on – a surreal love affair between the beasts and the men who killed them – something very old, much like those paintings found in French caves. Rather than laugh at it, Louis let it speak for itself.” The Express.


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“Who’d have thought it? Just when his trademark faux-naif questioning of dizzyingly vacuous celebrities and mad people was getting to look a little tired, Theroux has reinvented himself as a fearless investigative reporter. And, my goodness, it works. He brilliantly portrays a society that leaves him – and us – confused, shocked, enlightened. An award-winner surely.” The Observer


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“It’s hard to find words to describe how inspiring this film is. You’ll?just have to watch it.” The Times

“A heart-warming and poignant reminder that life is for living… an extraordinary?new film.” Daily Mail

“A wonderful, life-affirming film.”  Radio Times Documentary of the Week


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“As this film shows, the perilous and horrendous circumstances in Afghanistan are matched only by the heroism and humility of those forced to endure them. It’s a distressing and stark reminder of the horrors of war…an incredibly humbling doc.” Time Out.

“The documentary follows some of their stories and reflects the extraordinary commitment and humour of the medical crew.” Express

“This was one of those films that couldn’t help but make you feel worthless in what you do.” The Guardian.

“The terrible, shameful price of war was exposed in the sobering Cutting Edge film, The Air Hospital which offered a revealing, angry and despairing look at the war in Afghanistan…evoked an abiding sense of hopelessness, of lives damaged and ruined by a never ending nightmare.” The Scotsman

“There have been some gripping documentaries about the war in Afghanistan in recent years and this is one of the best.” The Oracle.

“This is the sort of film that creeps up on you…it adds up to an obliquely powerful insight into the life of soldiers caught up in a terrible environment.” Radio Times

“Powerful…the empathy and professionalism of the medics is overwhelming to watch…” The Times

“Paddy Wivell”s quietly powerful ‘Cutting Edge’ documentary…” The Independent

“…a shocking insight into the war in Afghanistan.” TV Times

“A powerful insight into the life of soldiers’ caught up in a terrible environment.” TVWales

“The original idea of The Air Hospital (Channel 4) was to show us the work of the C-17 Globemaster…which would have made for a powerful enough documentary on its own. Yet by chance, the programme also happened to cover one of the most disturbing stories of the whole war…a compelling and intimate documentary.” The Daily Telegraph


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“A gemstone in the marshes of the May-time viewing schedules, a documentary brimful of life, joy and sweetness. In one sense this was straight-up anthropology, a no-frills peek inside a fascinating community. However it aimed much higher than that and achieved much more, taking us behind the frock coats and the rituals to the beating hearts of the people beneath.” Daily Express

“Paddy Wivell gained astonishing access for his film, which feature two very different Hasidic men philosophising on love, matrimony and religion. It’s fascinating to press your nose up against a window onto a closed community, especially when its people have their guard around their ankles.” Radio Times

“While some would have settled for an ‘aren’t they weird’ storyline in A Hasidic Guide… Paddy Wivell looked for common ground. It made me realize the next time I’m passing through Stamford Hill, I’ll be seeing individuals and stories, not lumping everyone together into some kind of alien tribe.” Metro

“There’s a warmth and joyfulness running all the way through this documentary that belies its forbidding exterior. Whereas second-rate television sneers at the unfamiliar and wallows in its strangeness, this film finds a shared and delightful humanity.” The Times

“The latest dispatch from the off-kilter documentary strand is so charming that you have to wonder why the BBC has scheduled it at the same time as its rating behemoth The Apprentice. The result is a fascinating film that delves into a community that most know very little about.” The Sunday Telegraph

“Paddy Wivell’s terrific documentary challenges expectations of what these individuals are like in a film packed with humour.” The Mail on Sunday

“There are no conclusions or generalisations on life as a Hasidic Jew – each man represents only himself. Viewers instantly warm to them through their imperfections.” The Jewish News

“To make this memorable film, Paddy Wivell spent three months with the Hasidic Jewish community of Stamford Hill and the result is an engaging mix of wisdom, tradition, history and humour. Recommended.” The Observer

“A sympathetic study of lives that were simultaneously alien and familiar – a reminder that even the most strenuous attempts to separate yourself from the world at large can’t mask the universals of parenthood and marriage.” The Independent

“A film that works as both entertaining character study and serious theological research project.” Time Out.

“Wonderland gave us a highly engaging hour starring some highly engaging Orthodox Jews.”  The Times

“Paddy Wivell offers a tantalising glance at Hasidic making customs, which show how this unique group blends religious law with modern daily life.” The Guardian.

“There have been previous incursions into the tightly knit Hasidic Jewish community in north London, but Paddy Wivell’s ‘A Hasidic Guide…’ must be one of the deepest.” The Independent


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“One of the warmest, funniest, wisest and most improbable love stories you could ever hope to see…an unmissable portrait of a rich and remarkable relationship”. The Times